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post #1 of Old 09-21-2018, 07:38 PM Thread Starter
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Help with repairing.

Hi, I'm not sure if this post should be in Mixed Media or Sculpting so I'll post in both. I have these vintage nativity statues that need repair and repainting. Some are light and seem to be made of paper mache and some are heavier and made out of some sort of plaster type material. I want to repair the chips and don't know what material to use. Light weight spackle was suggested to me by an art store and to use glue to adhere the spackle to the chipped areas. I tried searching for reviews on ready made paper mache and the reviews were bad, saying the material is lumpy and good for kids' projects only. Some of the chipped parts are almost white and some, like the sheep's legs are a dark material.

Aside from that, once I repair the statues, I will need to paint them to fortify the statues a little and also to have similar color brightness. I was told to use acrylics. Looking at the paints in the store, I saw ones that were ones labeled matte and satin. I know glossy would be too shiny. Not sure which of these two are best to use and also do I need to buy a varnish to go over the paint? Is there such a thing as non-glossy varnish? I'm so hoping someone will be able to help me. These statues are a family heirloom. Thanks in advance.
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post #2 of Old 09-23-2018, 05:01 AM
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I suggest tu use pre-mixed plasters (which kind you use for filling before painting the walls) and precision (needle) files. Paint with satien and then age the painting.
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post #3 of Old 09-23-2018, 06:24 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you yarnart! Can you please explain what "precision (needle) files" are and what it's used for please? Thanks again.
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post #4 of Old 09-23-2018, 10:21 AM
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Needle files are small files what mostly used by jewellers. They can do the work, what you not able to do precise enough on the wet plaster. Of course for using them you have to wait till the plaster perfectly dries out. :-)


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post #5 of Old 09-23-2018, 10:51 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks much yarnart. Great. Where would one buy these tools...in art supply stores?



Also, last question please....you had mentioned to use satin acrylics but then age the painting. What do you use to age the painting?
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post #6 of Old 09-23-2018, 01:02 PM
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I guess it's depends on in which country you living, but usually you can buy them in general hardware stores or jewelry supply strores. The ageing goes with very fine sandpaper (working without too) water based black or darkgrey paint and some soft cloth.
May I as why these seemingly inexpensive small figures are that very important for you, you wanna repair them this seriously? :-)
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post #7 of Old 09-23-2018, 01:27 PM Thread Starter
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We've had these in our family since I was a child and I remember we'd set up a whole village with gravel, miniature trees, rocks, sand, moss, etc. This set is the only thing I have from my family home so they have sentimental value.
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post #8 of Old 09-23-2018, 01:29 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you yarnart so much for your help.
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post #9 of Old 09-23-2018, 04:19 PM
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Your welcome. If you have problem alongside the project, let me know, maybe I can help you a bit more directly.
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post #10 of Old 09-23-2018, 04:27 PM Thread Starter
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Yarnart, I would appreciate that very much! It will take me a while to get my supplies, experiment with the medium and begin repairing. But if there is a need, how would I reach out to you...by answering this thread? Again, thanks very much.
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